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" We assess mental capacity for the protection and treatment of our patients, not to clear the way for them to commit suicide", says Professor of Psychiatry Baroness Hollins

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Proposals on assisted dying by Lord Falconer are not supported by the medical profession

On the day that Lord Falconer's self-styled commission on assisted dying publishes its report recommending the legalisation of physician-assisted suicide, Baroness Sheila Hollins writes in The Telegraph, as former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, that proposals to legalise physician-assisted suicide are not supported by the majority of doctors.  Focusing on mental capacity, listed as one of the campaigners' safeguards for a law on 'assisted dying', she observes that "there seems to be little real understanding of what mental capacity means or how to establish such an understanding". 

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